10 Best Bookabach Holiday Homes In Russell, New Zealand - Updated 2021

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Located in the north of North Island, Russell was originally known as Kororareka and was the first permanent settlement in the country by European settlers in the early 19th century. The city is located in the scenic Bay of Islands, an area known for its big-game fishing and fascinating Maori sites. Urupukapuka Island is a beautiful spot to visit, with its beautiful beaches and campsites. Meanwhile, visitors can enjoy a boat cruise to Hole in the Rock and Piercy Island to view the dolphins. Those with a love for red wine should visit Omata Estate, one of the finest wineries in Northland, New Zealand, where tastings and sea views are available. Stay in this beautiful area in comfort and style at one of the best Bookabach holiday homes in Russell, New Zealand. Scroll below to find out more.

1. Lovely waterfront retreat (from USD 186)

This beautiful waterfront holiday home offers three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The home is surrounded by beautiful bush and water and overlooks the islands. The historic Russell township is a three-minute stroll from the house, with its shops, cafes, and restaurants, as well as Russell Wharf where guests can enjoy boat trips. The property features a comfortable living room with a TV offering satellite or cable channels, as well as air conditioning and heating. Internet connection is provided for guests’ use. A well-equipped kitchen offers everything necessary for daily cooking, as well as a washer and dryer. Sleeping arrangements include two queen-size beds, two single beds, and a baby’s cot. Two bathrooms feature a shower and a toilet.

Boathouse Russell Central Waterfront Beach Views
63 reviews
House 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
Having the house fenced was great for our 3 wee boys as by adding a lock on the front gate
It has everything you need and more
The beds are very comfortable and our 4 year old slept through every night - major bonus
We had a wonderful stay - very clean comfortable and an easy walk to the town and the ferry
The house is an an awesome location right on the beachfront and was well equipped with everything we needed for our stay
The house had everything we needed
David was a great host and very easy to work with Property exactly as described
Its very well equipped and especially good for family's with young children
Very comfortable property excellent communication with the owner
It was so lovely to arrive to a warm house with lights and heat pump on - very welcoming
we knew they couldn't get out
we loved the house and location
Absolutely awesome place to stay perfect location within walking distance to all amenities
it's right on the waterfront
Really enjoyable stay on the Russell waterfront
A lovely place to stay close to the local pubs and restaurants with a stunning view
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2. Attractive villa for a family of six (from USD 179)

This attractive bach offers beautiful panoramic views over Paihia, Russell and Waitangi and is ideal for a family or group of friends. The property is within easy walking distance of the local shops, cafes, and restaurants, as well as the gorgeous beaches. The living area features a TV, stereo, and DVD player and the kitchen comes well-equipped for the family’s daily cooking. The home has three bedrooms and one bathroom and sleeps six guests.

Te Maiki Villa 8 - Russell
42 reviews
House 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
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Amenities & Room:
Beds were comfy kitchen well equipped and a good sized living space
the photos online did not do it
The staples were there and the beds super comfy
a short walk down the hill and a short puff up : )
The weather was good and the view was magnificent
Lovely property to stay at Clean and tidy when we arrived with comfy beds and nice linen
Great house with absolutely stunning views
We hope to make a yearly event
Trish was very pleasant to deal with and helpful when we arrived
Inside the property was superb
The stay at the Bach was absolutely incredible and has made our visit to Russell even more magical
We enjoyed the property and we're over awed at the location
The views are stunning and the property is in an ideal location an easy walk to town (and a slower walk back )
It is a very handy place in Russel Township ferry terminal and Flagfall Hill are all within walking distance
The views were incredible with a lovely deck to enjoy them and just a short walk down to the main centre of Russell
My mum has since returned to England but is STILL messaging me about her stay here in Russell
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3. Beachfront bach with entertainment equipment (from USD 121)

This beautiful beachfront holiday home or bach offers sweeping views over the bay and the sandy beach. Guests can enjoy viewing beautiful sunsets from the shaded verandah, as well as watching the boats pass by. The lovely swimming beach is a short walk away and the village of Russell is a two-minute walk away. The living area features a TV and heating is available for the cooler months. Internet connection is provided. The place is kid-friendly and also welcomes pets. For entertainment, there is a table tennis table, a pool table, and a variety of sports equipment, including a dinghy, two kayaks, and plenty of toys and games. The home features three bedrooms and one bathroom. It comfortably sleeps eight guests.

Bay Retreat - Absolute Beachfront Holiday Home
131 reviews
House 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
A clean comfortable and cosy house with a stunning sea view and easy access to the beach
The town of Russell is very charming and friendly
the pool table and the table tennis and all the board games provided Access to the beach is simple
Loved the privacy and being right on the beach
Very private and right on the beach A lovely home making a relaxing stay
A great house with fantastic views
and if anything the property seems closer to the beach than the photos suggest The house was extremely clean and well presented and yet still had a homely feel to it
Very family friendly and cozy home
Great location served what we wanted to do very well
Have stayed three times now and LOVE it - fantastic location and a really comfortable homely bach Will definitely be back
Some sort of outside space to sit and catch the morning rays would have made it absolutely perfect
Perfect location with an amazing view
Our puppy absolutely loved it too Just an absolutely beautiful house in a surreal picturesque part of NZ
As tourists from overseas we enjoyed our time spent in Russell which really is just 5 minutes away
Really great communication from Barry and a lovely welcome throughout the whole process
and we enjoyed the restaurants and fishing and site seeing charters but
the bay is peaceful yet within easy reach of Russell town
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4. Waterfront gem with gorgeous bay views and patio (from USD 150)

This comfortable waterfront home sleeps two guests in comfort with one bedroom and one bathroom. The property is an eight-minute stroll from the center of Russell with its cafes, restaurants, and shops. The living area and kitchen are open-plan and feature all necessary appliances including a TV and also features internet connection. Beautiful views across the bay can be enjoyed through the picture window. French doors open onto a furnished patio with a barbecue for outdoor cooking. The bedroom offers a queen-size bed with an inner-sprung mattress.

Waterfront - 8 minute walk to Village- Linen optional -see below description.
159 reviews
cottage 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
washing machine comfortable bed
Need to be careful in the loft bedroom as the ceiling is low in
the window view was a definite highlight of the house
the boats turning to face the tide
felt like our own little hideaway but
Only frustration was that the Wifi was sporadic and slow
Lots of birds during low tide
Clean light well provisioned for cooking heating
place was just like the photos and tidy Don checked in to make sure all was ok Would definitely recommend this place
A few reviews mentioned the mattress was very hard
The location is perfect for exploring the Bay of Islands from - just a short walk away from the centre of Russell
Very go location and amazing views
only a ten minute walk back into Russell for shops and food
Watching the tide come in and go out is mesmerising
We walked to Russell for our lunches and dinners and absolutely loved waking up to the sound of the water gently rolling in
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5. Double-story property in the heart of Russell (from USD 161)

Terracotta Gardens is a lovely holiday home surrounded by gardens and located in the center of Russell. It is just a short stroll to Matauwhi Bay and the yacht club. Both levels are accessed with an elevator and have their own outdoor deck and spacious living area. The top floor of the property has a fully equipped kitchen and dining area, while the lower level offers a separate basic kitchenette. Broadband internet connection is provided for guests’ use. Three double bedrooms are located on the top floor while one bedroom with a private en suite bathroom and spa deck is on the ground floor.

Heart of Russell, key to the Bay of Islands.
107 reviews
House 4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
Terrace with a view to Russell and the harbour
the smell of mold hits you when you enter The top half of house was neat and tidy Lovely deck
The lift to the ground floor self contained room
The only thing needed was a lightbulb in the end double room
Others have commented on the musty smell downstairs which we did notice the first time we went down but as Alan suggested we opened the doors and it was gone within a few minutes
Lovely property with some great features
and I met Alan briefly when we checked in
We could hear all the bird life very idyllic
So comfortable spacious bright
and he seems like a really genuine down to earth
The location is quite and private whilst being a short walk to Russell centre
Perfect location for Long Beach and Russell waterfront Lots of space for big families
Absolutely amazing location easy to walk into town
Grt location and house well equipped
Property was ideal for family get together lots of space and well kitted out easy walk to centre town
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6. Seaside cottage from the 1950s (from USD 143)

This beautiful three-bedroom holiday home or bach is located close to Long Beach and historic Russell. Godwin Cottage is cozy and old-fashioned and offers brand-new wool carpet and comfortable beds in all three bedrooms. Guests are warned that the property is basic, with no TV, dishwasher, or washing machine. The kitchen provides sufficient appliances and utensils for daily cooking. The master bedroom features a king-size bed while the second bedroom has a queen-size bedroom and the third offers a child’s bed. The property has one bathroom.

Kiwi Seaside 1950s Bach, Godwin Cottage.
70 reviews
House 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
No distractions other than that outside the window and front gate
The outside shower is a delight
The bach is old & authentic but was well equipped
A heater available in each of the bedrooms as well as in the lounge & dining areas
is just through the gate and the crashing waves at night when you're in bed
was very easy to deal with and communicated instructions
but we had been advised about that and that added to the attraction
all activities cease & a good book is in order
Very family friendly copes well with sandy feet boogie boards
a beautiful quiet spot with a lovely beach
& we had move heaters around to warm all the rooms
My two boys were on the beach and in the water within 30 minutes
We stayed in numerous place around the Nth and Sth Island this year and this location tops the all Priceless
is a ten minute walk over the hill
Unmatched views and stunning location
stays if there were curtains as well as the nets in the dining area
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7. Beautiful oceanfront beach house in Russell (from USD 197)

This lovely holiday home offers floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room with beautiful views over the sea and Flagstaff Hill. It also features a TV with satellite or cable channels as well as heating. Internet connection is available for guests to keep up with their emails. The property is convenient for all the attractions of Russell, including the museum, Pompellier House, and Flagstaff Hill. The nearby beach is ideal for the children to swim and have fun on the sand, while many restaurants and cafes are located close by. The property offers a barbecue for outdoor cooking. Sleeping arrangements include two queen-size beds, two sets of single beds, and one bathroom.

Stunning Russell - Ocean front beach house -
68 reviews
House 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The peaceful quiet and solitude adds to the beautiful vista
Great spot directly opposite long beach Accommodation:
It is extremely well appointed
Perfect place if you want to escape to a quiet part of the world overlooking the beach
The outdoor shower is a great feature especially getting sand off
Great location - clean with good facilities
Great place lovely hot water in showers
We were cosy and comfortable in the beach house which had everything we required for a most enjoyable stay
Well kept and stock family Bach
Great spot and a tidy well maintained property
both of whom are around 90 yrs
Well equipped Bach fairly tidy and as per the description
-- we loved hearing the waves breaking on the beach and kids had a great time on the beach and around rock pools
a really bad week weather wise
Amazing location - very quiet and relaxing
In my opinion this the coolest beach in NZ So beautiful and unspoilt and Russell village is lovely
Every time I looked for something it was there
The view was wonderful and the sound of the waves lovely at night
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8. Sea-view house for a large group (from USD 355)

This five-bedroom bach or holiday home is located steps from Tapeka Beach with its swimming, fishing, and kayaking activities. Historic Russell with its shops, cafes, and restaurants is close by. A station where you can board a ferry to Paiha is also close by. Guests can enjoy relaxing on the spacious decks with beautiful sea views. The living area features a TV and DVD player while air conditioning, heating and internet connectionare available throughout the home. The kitchen comes fully equipped for daily cooking. The 5 bedrooms sleep up to 15 guests and there are 2 bathrooms available in the house.

Tapeka / Russell Holiday Home
54 reviews
House 5 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the builders were banging next door
The living area is very large and the enclosed wraparound deck was a big bonus for the children
This could not be avoided obviously
It has everything you need
Very comfortable everything we wanted including the baby furniture
It was very clean and tidy
Awesome balcony that can be closed in and there's a heater Rooms were large Bathrooms clean
Location was lovely and quiet
Despite being the middle of winter the house was nice and warm
We also enjoyed Russell and Long Beach Excellent
The house was beautiful and sunny with awesome views
all of our children Keep the kids down one end nice and quiet
It was a beautiful home big and comfortable for a large family
The house was amazing Perfect location
Great location for a relaxing holiday 2 different beaches within easy walk
The property is in a great location easy walk to the beaches HEAPS of space which was good for
Having two very different beaches a short walk away was just fantastic
we're very nice to deal with
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9. Paihia holiday home with stunning views

This comfortable bach or holiday home is located above Russell township and is under a two-minute walk from the center. The property offers beautiful views over Paihia, Russell Wharf, and Waitangi. The living area features a TV with satellite or cable channels and a stereo music system. The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary appliances and utensils for a comfortable stay. Three bedrooms sleep seven guests and there is one bathroom. Guests can enjoy a barbecue outside the home and there is plenty of off-street parking.

View Over Russell Town
Russell, Northland, NZ
100 reviews
House 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The house is spacious and it was great to be able to spread out
This is an older property which is part of the quirk Excellent having access to outdoor space/washing line especially after the ocean swim
Lovely house with stunning views
Cleaning was mixed on arrival one loo not flushed and bin dirty
It would have been great to have books
Great location and well stocked home
but otherwise exceeded our expectations and met our needs for five adults
The view over village and harbour was spectacular
Awesome property with great view of Russell Perfect location
It was a quiet place in walking distance to town which was enjoyed
Property well loved but really looked after and clean
Close to town easy to get to Lovely property with well cared for lawns and a bbq area
Perfect spot to base ourselves to explore Russell Easy walking distance to the village
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10. Refreshing abode by the water for two

This beautiful holiday home is right on the waterfront and just a 10-minute stroll from the village of Russell with all its shops and restaurants. Comfortably sleeping two guests, the bach has an open-plan living area and well-equipped kitchen. It also features one bedroom with a queen-size bed. Outdoor relaxation can be enjoyed on the deck. Heating is supplied for the cooler months. There is one modern bathroom in the home.

Blossoms Nautical Bach
Russell, NZ
47 reviews
House 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the views from the kitchen dining living areas are simply stunning
very clean and well appointed
the place was beautiful spotless
lovely clean tidy cottage in good location
very clean and tidy and equipped with everything you need for a relaxing holiday
the house is very clean and had everything we needed for our stay
the owner was very helpful and we would love to return one day
could not fault anything and owner delightful to deal with
shelley was a wonderful host quick to respond very kind and thoughtful
great location a short 15 minute walk to the russell shops and restaurants
a 10 minute easy walk gets you right into russell
everything you need for a relaxing break easy 10 minute walk into russell centre ferry shops and restaurants
the location is amazing it is private and quiet the water comes right up to the deck
a pretty easy-to-live-in cottage right by the water in a beautiful location
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Explore historic Russell and the surrounding areas on North Island, New Zealand

Have fun exploring the beautiful historic village of Russell, with its shops, cafes, restaurants, and many other attractions, or head to the beach for sand and surf. Take a boat cruise around the islands or stay home and relax in comfort at one of these best Bookabach holiday homes in Russell, New Zealand.

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